Normally, my posts are for teachers and/or parents. This post is for the spouses of those teachers.
Spouses, we know that you are our biggest supporters. You listen to us cry when we tell you about "that one student". You pick up our kids because we will be home late after Parent Teacher Conferences. You let us question your choices and ask, "was that a good choice?". You allow our dining room table to be overwhelmed with papers. We love you and thank you for your support.
Soon, we will be "going back to work" (as if we were ever really "off work"). But, we will be getting our new kids to love up on, reassuring dozens of parents, and reprogramming our bladders. It's a lot on our bodies. So, we have compiled a little list of things you could do to support us when we go back to school.
#1. Shop with us
Malcolm ran around Lakeshore Learning Materials and brought choices to me so that we were not in there for hours... I think that helping to get supplies was helpful. Susana Taylor
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#2. Don't look at the bank account
Don't look in the checkbook too closely. Donna Neil
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#3. Decorate with us
Actually spending some time in the classroom helping set up is always a plus! Annie Kalous
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#4. Make us breakfast
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#5. Do the grocery shopping
If he stocked the fridge and pantry with extra healthy food during the week before and the week of the first day, then all the unhealthy choices I tend to make during that time would be counteracted. Like, tons of salad stuff and fresh protein because, you know, it's all drive thru and complimentary pizza.... Sharon Salcido
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#6. Don't let us work too long
If after a certain time in the afternoon, say 4:30, he started to pester me with phone calls and texts telling me to leave the workplace, and for that first week of students being there he would promise not to take "in a few minutes" for an answer, then I might keep my sanity for the first week of school. Sharon Salcido
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#7. Let us pee in peace
When we get home, please, if you do nothing else, let us make a beeline for the restroom. Chances are we have held our bladder since 10:00 in the morning, and we probably drank way too much coffee and pop to give us energy. It will seem like we are hiding from you. It will seem like we fell in. Trust us. It takes a long time to empty a bladder the size of a teacher's.
#8. Give us a few minutes to decompress
Helping with the kids' homework, paper signing, or just keeping them company. I also love him picking up the kids after school so I can get some alone/quiet time before I reach home to another full house of kids! Michelle Colelay
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#9. Make dinner
My husband cooked dinner for years, mostly because he got hungry earlier than I got home! Lorie Marchant
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#10. Give us a foot rub
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#11. Listen to us
Listen. Listen. Listen. Zoe Bole
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#12. Turn off the TV
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****************What would you add to the list?*************
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